Hampshire County Council’s Celebrating Good Neighbours Awards recognise and reward volunteers and neighbours who support others in their communities.
“Penny with little free time, except weekends, comes to see me at the weekend and takes me out in her car for coffee or tea and we have such a good time and discuss everything under the sun! I am lonely and housebound and cannot walk far, so my life has changed!!”
As you can see from the citation above, Penny, like many other community champions, makes a real difference to the life of a neighbour. Do you know someone like Penny, who is a hero in the community, regularly going the extra mile to help others?
If so nominate them for one of our 2016 Good Neighbour Awards.
The Awards, in their 12th year, are our way of ensuring the commitment and kindness of individual neighbours, and individual volunteers from voluntary organisations are recognised.
Penny was one of around 40 Hampshire neighbours and volunteers who were celebrated at our Good Neighbour Awards earlier this year, for the vital contribution they make, helping others in their community. We are looking for people who, on a regular basis, make a real difference to the lives of others.
The person nominated must live and volunteer in Hampshire County Council’s area – residents from Southampton and Portsmouth are not eligible for the awards.
They should be people who give up their time on a voluntary basis and are not paid to provide help or support and they must not be a relative or a previous award winner.
The closing date for nominations was Monday 8 February 2016
The winners, and those who nominated them, will be invited to a special ceremony in The Great Hall on Tuesday 26 April 2016.
The awards were created by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Age Concern Hampshire, Brendoncare Club Hampshire, Carers Together, the Good Neighbours Support Service and the Royal Voluntary Service.
Tuesday 28 April 2015
Neighbours who go that extra mile have been thanked at Hampshire County Council’s eleventh Good Neighbour Awards.
Hosting the ceremony in the Great Hall, Winchester, Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Colin Davidovitz BEM, led the tributes to the vital support provided by 33 extra special friends, neighbours and community groups.
Cllr Davidovitz said: “Carrying out small but regular acts of kindness makes a real difference to our communities.”
For example, as one nominator said “we have been adopted; our neighbour has kept the lawns and hedges cut, has repaired the chimney and cleared our gutters. He still makes time for a chat - he is our hero!”
Another volunteer is described as “the world's best neighbour. She tends and encourages the sick, comforts the troubled, gives lifts, collects and delivers. What would we do without her?”
Councillor Davidovitz added “I wish to thank all of this year’s nominators who have taken the time to tell us about their local good neighbours and I wish to extend our sincere thanks to the good neighbours themselves, who have no expectation of recognition but continue to carry their good deeds to benefit the whole community.”
The awards were organised in partnership with: Good Neighbours Support Service, Brendoncare Club Hampshire, Carers Together, RVS and Age Concern Hampshire.
Recognition was given to 70 unsung heroes young and old from across Hampshire to honour those residents who make a positive difference to the life of others in their communities.
Being a good neighbour can mean going the extra mile or carrying out small but regular acts of kindness that make a real difference to individuals and communities.
For 2014 the County Council brought together two sets of awards for the first time – the Good Neighbours and the Making a Difference award for young people. The County Council is emphasising the importance of intergenerational work across Hampshire that benefits young and old alike. Nominations were sought for people of all ages who, either as individuals or as part of a group, make the life of others easier by giving that extra bit of help, or make their community a better place in which to live.
The awards hosted were hosted by Chairman of the County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber at a special ceremony in the Great Hall, Winchester, on Thursday 20 March.
Councillor Thornber, said: “This year we were keen to showcase how young and older people give up their time to help improve the quality of life in their communities. I was particularly pleased to see examples of intergenerational support, with young supporting older people, and vice versa.
“This was the 10th Good Neighbours awards and over the years I have been in the privileged position of being able to personally thank hundreds of individuals and voluntary groups who have provided so much time and support for others in their local community. Yet each year I am still taken aback by the selfless commitment so many people make, expecting no thanks or recognition. I hope that through these awards we are able to show the value we place on the activities and support provided by all our Good Neighbours. Everyone who was nominated for an award should be proud of the work they do – they are an inspiration to us all and deserve this recognition.”
The awards were created by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Age Concern Hampshire, Brendoncare Club Hampshire, Carers Together, the Good Neighbours Support Service, RVS, The Children’s Alliance and Community Development Facilitators.
We have developed this awards scheme in conjunction with a number of partners:
Age Concern Hampshire
Support and services for people over 50 across Hampshire, including free, accredited information & advice, wellbeing centres and day care, foot care and lifelong learning
Tel: 0800 328 7154
Brendoncare Clubs provide older people living independently in the community with time for fun, friendship and entertainment on aregular basis. A range of clubs provide choice of social, drop-in andhealthy living activity
Tel: 01962 857099
Carers Together provides support with/for carers and older people. This includes: advice, advocacy, benefits advice, direct payments advice/support, personal support planning, selfdirected support and training. carers Together also organises and coordinates support groups, network events, respite/take-a-break service, facilitates free telephone emotional support‘Say it Once’
Tel: 1794 519495
Good Neighbours Support Service
Provides support and resources to over 120 independent groups that are part of the Good Neighbours Network in Hampshire. Local groups take people to and from hospital and GP appointments or do shopping, visiting, befriending, coffee mornings and lunch clubs.
The groups represent more than 3,500 individual volunteers
Tel: 023 9289 9671
Royal Voluntary Service
Over 50,000 volunteers across the UK, 9000 Good Neighbour Schemes, Home from Hospital schemes, running lunch clubs, Home Library services, community centres and providing community transport for older people.
Tel: 0845 608 0122